Payments Subject to Income Management

Payments subject to income management

If a person is assessed as being eligible for income management, a percentage of that person's category I payments will be subject to income management.

Under the VWPR, Disengaged Youth, Long-term Welfare Payment Recipients and VIM Measures, 50% of payments defined in the SSAct as category I payments are subject to income management.

Under the SPAR and the Child Protection Measures, 70% of category I payments are subject to income management.

Lump sum, advance, ES and ABSTUDY (with living allowance or PES) payments are income managed at 100%.

Relocation scholarship payments are income managed at 100%.

Under the Cape York Reform, an income managed person receiving category P payments will have their category Q payments income managed. A person receiving category R payments will have their category S payments income managed. For more information, see 11.2.5.

For specific categories of payments that are subject to income management under each measure, see the following SS Guide sections:

Measure Section
Cape York 11.2.5
Supporting People at Risk 11.9.2
Child Protection 11.3.4
Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient 11.4.3
Disengaged Youth 11.5.2
Long-term Welfare Payment Recipient 11.6.2
Voluntary Income Management 11.7.5

Category I payments

Below is a list of category I payments under the SSAct:

  • a category H welfare payment,
  • double orphan pension,
  • FTB (under the FAAct),
  • FTB (under the FA(Admin)Act),
  • baby bonus under the FAAct (ceased on 1 March 2014),
  • stillborn baby payment under the FAAct (from 1 March 2014),
  • maternity immunisation allowance (ceased on 1 July 2012),
  • carer allowance,
  • child disability assistance,
  • carer supplement,
  • mobility allowance,
  • pensioner education supplement,
  • schoolkids bonus (under the FAAct and the FA(Admin)Act) (last payment was made in July 2016),
  • TAL under SSAct Part 2.25,
  • UA under SSAct Part 2.25A,
  • a distance education payment under the AIC scheme, where payment relates to a child or children at a Homelands Learning Centre,
  • a payment under the ABSTUDY scheme that includes an amount identified as PES,
  • social security bereavement payment,
  • veterans' entitlement bereavement payment,
  • an advance payment under SSAct Part 2.22,
  • an advance PhA under SSAct Part 2.23,
  • a MOB advance under SSAct section 1045,
  • an advance payment under Part IVA of the VEA,
  • ISB (Note: This payment ceased on 31 December 2016).

Payments not subject to income management

Payments and allowances that are not subject to income management include, but are not limited to:

  • all DVA compensation payments,
  • CCS and additional child care subsidy,
  • crisis payment,
  • Australian Government disaster recovery payment,
  • PBS payments including the top-up and bereavement payments,
  • one-off, bonus or ex gratia payments paid to older Australians or carers,
  • special employment advances,
  • education entry payment,
  • seniors concession allowance,
  • fares allowance,
  • ABSTUDY payments that do not include an amount identified as either living allowance or PES,
  • AIC payments except those paid directly to parents for children at a Homelands Learning Centre,
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment payments made by Centrelink to farmers or small businesses,
  • national green jobs corps supplement,
  • paid parental leave payments, including dad and partner pay,
  • low income supplement, and
  • essential medical equipment payment.
Last reviewed: 20 September 2018